We had netting around our boat (Gulfstar 37) for many years. THe kids finally grew up and we took it down, but I understand your issue.
Here's how we installed it. We replaced it once over the course of about 8 years of use.
- Remove the lifeline between the first two stanchions, weave it through the top edge of the netting.
- Tie one end of a line to the bottom of the first stanchion, then weave this line through the bottom edge of the netting.
- pull the netting taughty between the stanchions.
- Pull the line attached to the stanchion VERY taughts, bringing the netting down as low to the deck as you can get it.
- Tie off the line to the second stanchion, then begin on the next section.
We were able to get the netting low enough that we never worried about a kid sliding underneath it, and didn't have to add any pad eyes or hooks to the rail to do so. Small toys could be another issue, as there will remain a gap under the netting that a small object could get under.
The trick is to get the line between the stanctions very taught.
Hope that helps ...
s/v Midnight Sun
2005 Jeanneau SO40.3